My First Thanksgiving Home
11.23.16 By Alicia Maule
For several Innocence Project clients, this will be their first Thanksgiving free and home from prison. Take a look at what John Nolley, Timothy Bridges, Andre Hatchett, Anthony Wright, Darryl Howard, Kevin Siehl, Dion Harrell and Keith Harward are looking forward to eating on Nov. 24 in the company of loved ones.
John Nolley: My first Thanksgiving home in 20 years
“I look forward to the turkey, dressing, and buttermilk pie. Knowing that this is my first Thanksgiving of freedom, I am filled with love and gratitude to the Innocence Project!” Learn more about John who is a forklift driver, father, and grandfather whose quest for full exoneration is still pending in Texas, here.
Timothy Bridges: My first Thanksgiving home in 25 years
“I can’t wait for the stuffing, and turkey gravy is my favorite. My grandma isn’t alive anymore, but she made her own fruit cocktail cake. It was her own recipe which she won Blue Ribbons for.” Learn more about Timothy who likes to go fishing and recently rescued Hobo, a Pit Bull Terrier, here.
Andre Hatchett: My first Thanksgiving home in 25 years
“My favorite is turkey, sweet potato pie, collard greens, black eyed peas, and cranberry sauce — good soul food! It means everything to me for this to be my first Thanksgiving home. I’ve missed a lot of them.” Learn more about Andre who recently turned 50 and voted for the first time, here.
Anthony Wright: My first Thanksgiving home in 28 years
“I can’t wait for the turkey, the stuffing, the biscuits, the sweet potato pie and the carrot cake. I don’t know if anyone is more thankful for their family than me. They stuck by me through everything. This Thanksgiving I can’t wait because my grandmother is turning 91, so we’ll celebrate that. I haven’t been there in 25 years, and my aunt said ‘you better be at home.'” Learn more about Anthony who is an assistant clerk at the 3rd Circuit Federal Court in his hometown of Philadelphia and a huge sports fan, here.
Darryl Howard: My first Thanksgiving home in 20 years
“I like turkey. My favorite dessert is anything with strawberries or anything with pineapples.” Learn more about Darryl, who has 11 grandchildren and is a diehard North Carolina Tar Heels basketball fan, here.
Kevin Siehl: My first Thanksgiving home in 26 years
“I’m looking forward to a real turkey dinner. And to sit down with good people, have a real meal at a real table and to talk.” Learn more about Kevin who was just exonerated in October with the help of Lisa Freeland and her team at the Federal Public Defender’s office in Pittsburgh, here.
Dion Harrell: My first Thanksgiving exonerated in 20 years
“On Thanksgiving I’ll have dinner with my family and eat whatever they throw on the table. I have no food favoritism. Thanksgiving is just another day.” Learn more about Dion who loves to eat, here.
Keith Harward: My first Thanksgiving home in over 33 years
“My favorite meal is food — it doesn’t matter. At this point in my life — since I’ve gone without — everything is wonderful if road kill or deer steak. Even if it’s burnt, uncooked or undone it will be wonderful — I will not be disappointed.” Learn more about Keith, whose tattoo broke the internet and loves to watch squirrels in the park, here.